Holocaust Memorial Day - Bow Remembers
On the 27th February, the Bow school community celebrated Holocaust Memorial Day, commemorating the lives of those who died during the Nazi genocide, on the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the Nazi concentration and death camp Auschwitz-Birkenau. Two separate events were held for Key Stage 3 and 4 in the LRC atrium.
With students lining the balconies looking down into the LRC, Headboy Ishraq Ahmed led the ceremonies reading ‘The Vow’ by Avraham Shlonsky. Following this was a fantastic reading of the Holocaust Memorial Trust’s ‘Statement of Commitments’ by Year 11’s Tufayel and Swapnil in the KS4 ceremony and Year 9’s Syed, Tanveer, Isamail, Tareq, Niyaz, Samid and Fahim in the KS3 ceremony.
This reaffirmed Bow School’s commitment to celebrating tolerance and equality, whilst condemning racial and religious prejudice. The events ended with Mrs Smith, and nine other members of staff and pupils lining the main staircase, lighting a candle signalling a one minute silence to honour victims of genocides.
The pupils across the school showed an enormous amount of respect throughout, highlighted by Sanuwar Hussain (11B) describing the ceremony as 'a touching tribute to those who had passed away as a result of a horrific event', while Ayesha Dipti (7H) found the candle display to be 'very inspirational and moving'. The event was highly successful and an important demonstration of what Bow stands for as a school.